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In this final revision of the classic work, the author has produced the fullest and most sophisticated account of this influential theoretical model. Here, he makes clear that morality is an informal system that does not provide unique answers to every moral question but does always limit the range of morally acceptable options, and so explains why some moral disagreements cannot be resolved. The importance placed on the moral ideals also makes clear that the moral rules are only one part of the moral system. A chapter that is devoted to justifying violations of the rules illustrates how the moral rules are embedded in the system and cannot be adequately understood independently of it. The chapter on reasons includes a new account of what makes one reason better than another and elucidates the complex hybrid nature of rationality.For an account of mental disorders, see the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM IV) (Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric ... For example, one may have a basic desire to die and believe that doing so will result in saving the lives of many other people. However ... Discussions with Matthew Weiss, whose senior honors thesis I directed, made this point clear to me.

Author:Bernard Gert
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 1998


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